Woman Finds Love Letter 6 Decades Old and Tracks Down the Soldier Who Wrote It

Be careful when you write love letters! You never know who will find them. Then again, who writes letters these days?

A woman from Murrells Inlet, S.C., purchased a pile of paperbacks at a used bookstore and found a letter inside one of the books. The envelope was postmarked November 1951. With the help of a genealogist, the woman was able to locate the soldier, now a 83-year-old veteran in a suburb of Detroit. A phone call was made and now the letter has been returned to the ex-soldier.

You can read the full story by Lindsey Bever in the Washington Post at

Genealogist Kenneth Thomson named Citizen of the Year

Kenneth C. Thomson Jr. has dedicated the majority of his life to studying and preserving local history. He received the Citizen of the Year award from Sumner County Publications on Friday in Gallatin, Tennessee.

As a freelance historian and genealogist, Thomson has been the go-to source for everything and everybody related to Sumner County history with the ability to answer off the top of his head specific questions, citing names and dates. Late state historian Walter Durham once said that Thomson knows more about “Sumner County people than anybody.”

Guy Berthiaume Appointed as Librarian and Archivist of Canada

Library and Archives Canada has seen a lot of internal turmoil in the past year or two. Some of the problems were described in my earlier articles. You can find those articles by starting at New leadership has now been announced and the new Librarian and Archivist of Canada will (hopefully) bring stability to the agency.

The following was written by the Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages:

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover today announced the appointment of Guy Berthiaume as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a term of five years, effective June 23, 2014.

The Irish Family History of the New Host of the “Late Show”

Stephen ColbertHere is an interesting article about the genealogy of Stephen Colbert who will replace David Letterman next year as host of CBS’s the Late Show:

Seven out of eight of Colbert’s great-grandparents are documented as being of Irish descent.


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